There’s something romantic about living on the water, particularly the freedom of mobility that so many floating homes offer. So we were naturally smitten when we laid eyes on Bluefield Houseboats’ prefabricated floating homes. Constructed in a factory to minimize waste, these beautiful and customizable waterfront properties are also created with passive design principles to minimize energy consumption.
Though Bluefield Houseboats is based in Ireland, the design/build firm delivers worldwide and handles all aspects of the design process, from initial consultation to the final handover. All houseboats are manufactured in a factory before they’re shipped out for on-site assembly. Since the modular houseboats are custom-built with a free spanning structural system, homebuyers can design their own open-plan layout with a variety of spaces from 500 square feet up to 2,000 square feet across one or two stories. The firm promises a high-quality material palette, each certified to BBA, British Standard, Eurocode, or equivalent standards for a minimum 50-year design life.
“We aim to offer the same standard of living on the water as on land,” say the designers. “At Bluefield Houseboats our mission is to create high quality, useable space on the water which is accessible to all and maximizes the use of modern technology to explore sites which have previously been inaccessible.” The bespoke houseboats abide by the classifications for both a land-based building and a water-based vessel. To minimize energy usage, the homes incorporate passive design principles to take advantage of natural heating, cooling, and ventilation. A SMART home automation system gives the owner control over energy usage, from appliances to light switches, using a smartphone or tablet.
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